Kast vs. Boric: the main proposals of the most antagonistic rivals that Chile has had in recent decades

  • Cecilia Barría
  • BBC News World

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In one of the most polarized political scenarios in recent history, the hard-right candidate, José Antonio Kast, and the leftist Gabriel Boric, will contest the presidency of Chile on December 19, after winning in the first round of the elections. .

It will be the first time since the return to democracy in 1990 that the traditional center-left and center-right parties do not lead electoral preferences.

“The only candidacy that will regain peace, which is the alternative to confront criminals and drug trafficking and that will put an end to terrorism is ours,” Kast said during the celebration of his passage to the ballot with 27.9% of the votes.

The former MP, who has vowed to dig a ditch at the border to stop migrants, oppose abortion and cut taxes, has stated that he admires leaders like Augusto Pinochet, Ronald Reagan, Margareth Thatcher and Jair Bolsonaro.